Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Lebanon: Army detains 100 Syrians after Qaa bombings

June 28, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Lebanon's army has detained more than 100 Syrians for entering the country illegally following a series of suicide bombings in a border village. The raids took place at informal refugee camps in the Baalbek region. On Monday, at least eight bombers blew themselves up in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa, killing five people and injuring almost 30 others. No group has said it was behind the attacks, but suspicion has fallen on jihadist militants from Islamic State. IS has carried out previous suicide bombings that have killed scores of people in Lebanon." (06/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36649779  

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Clinton e-mail on Libyan conquest: We came, we saw, we got oil

June 23, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ann Garrison  

"Most anyone paying serious attention knew that there was a lot of blood for oil involved in the NATO War on Libya but now we have confirmation in the Wikileaks searchable database of Hillary Clinton's private e-mails, which were made available in response to a Freedom of Information Act request." (06/23/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/23/clinton-e-mail-on-libyan-conquest-we-came-we-saw-we-got-oil/  

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Israeli intel chief: We don’t want Islamic State defeated in Syria

June 22, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"In a speech at the Herzliya Conference, Israel's military intelligence chief, Major General Herzi Halevy, took Israel's long-standing position that it 'prefers ISIS' over the Syrian government to a whole 'nother level, declaring openly that Israel does not want to see ISIS defeated in the war. ... Israeli officials have regularly expressed comfort with the idea of ISIS conquering the whole of Syria, saying they find it preferable to the Iran-allied government surviving the war. At the same time, they were never so overtly supportive of ISIS and its survival." (06/21/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/06/21/israeli-intel-chief-we-dont-want-isis-defeated-in-syria/  

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Libya: Clashes, depot blast kill more than 60

June 22, 2016
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Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star    

"Fierce clashes in Libya between pro-government militiamen and Islamic State militants in the city of Sirte and an explosion at a depot near the capital, Tripoli, left more than 60 dead in just one day, a spokesman and a Libyan state news agency reported Wednesday. In Sirte, the last bastion of the Islamic State group in the North African country, Tuesday's clashes killed 36 militiamen aligned with the newly-UN brokered government. ... Meanwhile, the state LANA news agency said an explosion at a depot on Tuesday in the town of Garabuli, near Tripoli, followed clashes with militias and killed 29 civilians." (06/22/16)

http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/libya-clashes-blast-at-a-depot-kill-more-than/article_8a6d3e8b-8b82-5846-bd71-3ea2eefdfbd0.html  

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West Bank: Israeli troops “mistakenly” kill Arab teen in car

June 21, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Israeli troops shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy early on Tuesday and wounded four others, a Palestinian official said. Wajih Ahmad, head of the Beit Ur al-Tahta local council in the West Bank, said the teen, Mahmoud Badran, was killed when the car he was traveling in was fired upon by an Israeli military patrol. The hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah said another person was moderately wounded and three others were lightly wounded. Israeli's military and media said the shooting was aimed at rioters at the scene of a rock-hurling incident toward Israeli vehicles on a busy road." (06/21/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israeli-troops-mistakenly-kill-palestinian-teen-car-west-bank/  

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Syria: Islamic State forces launch counter-attacks on regime troops, US-backed rebels

June 21, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The Islamic State group launched a counter-attack against fighters trying to capture the Syrian city of Manbij on Monday, inflicting heavy casualties on the U.S.-backed forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the militants said. The monitor said the militants won back three villages south of the besieged city in a surprise assault against fighters from the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces. At least 28 SDF fighters were killed. ... Islamic State militants were also able to roll back the Syrian army, which had reached as close as 10 km (6.2 miles) south of the strategic town of Tabqa, an Islamic State-held city on the Euphrates River, in Raqqa province." (06/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-militants-idUSKCN0Z623G  

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Afghanistan: Kabul suicide bombing kills 14

June 20, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A suicide bomber struck in the Afghan capital early Monday morning, targeting a bus full of foreign security contractors. At least 14 people were killed and eight others wounded, said Sediq Seddiqi, spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry. The majority of the victims were citizens of Nepal, he added. ... The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message sent to media organizations." (06/20/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/middleeast/afghanistan-suicide-bomb/  

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Iran: Regime claims to thwart Islamic State attacks in Tehran, other cities

June 20, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Iran has thwarted several planned bombings in Tehran and other cities, state news agency quoted the intelligence ministry as saying on Monday, in what it called a major plot by Sunni Muslim militants against the Shi'ite Islamic Republic. Iranian authorities say Islamic State militants have been hatching 'plots and conspiracies' against it from their de facto capital Raqqa in Syria. ... National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency on Sunday as saying that Iranian security forces had arrested members of a network that was planning suicide bombings in Tehran during Ramadan." (06/20/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-security-militants-idINKCN0Z60OL  

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Syria: Russian soldier dies of wounds

June 19, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia's Defense Ministry says a Russian soldier has died of wounds he suffered in a militant suicide attack in Syria, the military's 11th casualty since the start of its campaign there. The ministry said Sunday that Sgt. Andrei Timoshenkov died at a hospital at the Russian base in Syria." (06/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russian-soldier-dies-of-wounds-in-syria/2016/06/19/014bc9b2-362d-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html  

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Libya: Bomb kills ten west of Islamic State’s besieged stronghold

June 17, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"A suicide car bomber hit a Libyan police station west of the besieged Islamic State stronghold of Sirte on Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding seven, officials said. The attack at Abu Grain, on the coast road some 140 km (85 miles) west of Sirte and 100 km south of Misrata, showed the militants, although on the back foot in the battle for Sirte, can still strike outside the city. Brigades from Misrata are leading the campaign to recapture Sirte and have engaged in fire fights with Islamic State since pushing to the edge of the city centre last week." (06/16/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/libya-islamic-state-suicide-bombing-abu-grain-2857182/  

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NATO lays ground to give Obama an excuse for breaking his Afghanistan drawdown promise again

June 15, 2016
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Winona Daily News    

"NATO allies will likely agree next month to extend the Afghanistan training mission and keep troops in all four sections of the country next year, a senior NATO diplomat said Wednesday, leaving the door open for the U.S. to maintain current troops levels if the Obama administration decides it's necessary. Under current plans, the U.S. will cut its troop numbers from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. But in the face of a resurgent Taliban, former commanders have urged President Barack Obama to keep 9,800 there into next year." (06/15/16)

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/world/diplomat-nato-poised-to-extend-afghanistan-mission/article_8d865145-a4c4-5faf-b9c4-6436be79ec34.html  

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Iraq: Regime probes war crimes in Falluja offensive

June 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iraq said Monday it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as a senior U.N. official said more than 7,300 people had left the city in the last two days. Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said some fighters suspected of violating human rights during the three-week-old operation to retake the city have been arrested over the past few days and are under investigation." (06/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/aid-group-4000-flee-held-city-fallujah-iraq-39809949  

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Iraq: Thousands flee Falluja using first safe exit route secured by regime troops

June 13, 2016
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Reuters    

"The Iraqi army said on Sunday it had secured the first safe exit route for civilians to leave Islamic State's besieged stronghold Falluja, and a Norwegian aid group said thousands of people had already used it to flee in the first day it was open. While it pressed on with its offensive in Falluja, the army also launched a fresh advance in the direction of the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State's de facto Iraqi capital, under cover of airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. The assaults by the Iraqi army are taking place at the same time as advances against Islamic State by U.S.-backed fighters and Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Syria, at the opposite end of the militants' self-proclaimed caliphate." (06/12/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-iraq-falluja-idINKCN0YY0EB  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab attackers kill African Union occupiers

June 9, 2016
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Somalia's al-Shabab militant group has killed 30 Ethiopian soldiers after ramming a suicide car bomb into an African Union military base in the war-torn east African country. It is its first attack on the AU there. The al Qaeda-linked militants attacked the base in Halgan in the Hiran region, al-Shabab said in a statement distributed on its Telegram messaging channel. The group claimed it had killed 43 in the attack, a figure Ethiopia has questioned. Mohamed Mohamud, a military officer in the town of Halgan told the news agency Associated Press that 30 Ethiopian troops had been killed in the attack. ... Ethiopian communications spokesperson Getachew Reda told DW that the attack was repelled and that 101 of the attackers had been killed." (06/09/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/somalias-al-shabab-militant-group-kills-ethiopian-soldiers/a-19317772  

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Israel: Regime sends more troops to West Bank, freezes Palestinian entry permits after attack

June 9, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Israel deployed more troops to the West Bank on Thursday and froze 83,000 permits allowing Palestinians to enter the country in response to a late-night shooting by Palestinian gunmen that left four Israelis dead. Overnight, the Israeli army entered the village of Yatta, near Hebron, just hours after two residents, cousins from the village, carried out the shooting attack at a Tel Aviv open market and declared the area a closed military zone. The army has also announced it is sending two more battalions to the West Bank because of the attack." (06/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-revokes-palestinian-entry-permits-and-seals-off-village-after-attack/2016/06/09/51c8d28e-2e0f-11e6-9b37-42985f6a265c_story.html  

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Israel: Gunmen kill four in Tel Aviv market attack

June 9, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"At least four people were killed and several seriously wounded in a mass shooting at a trendy Tel Aviv food market Wednesday night. The attacks occurred near Israel's version of the Pentagon. Police said two assailants were in custody. One of the gunmen was wounded. Israeli authorities described the shooting as a terror attack. The attackers' identities were not released. Police said the two gunmen were members of the same family from the Palestinian village of Yatta, near the city of Hebron in the West Bank." (06/08/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/gunmen-kill-three-at-trendy-tel-aviv-market-across-street-from-israels-pentagon/2016/06/08/b3cc7b00-ccfb-4657-8bd8-62126760a1e3_story.html  

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The latest attempt to whitewash the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes in Yemen

June 7, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Last week, the U.N. added the Saudi-led coalition to a blacklist that includes states and groups (including the Houthis) that violate the rights of children in conflicts around the world. The listing of the coalition was based on the fact that it has been responsible for more than half of child deaths and injuries in the conflict since last March. ... The Saudis and their allies are eager to keep their war in Yemen from receiving too much public scrutiny and criticism. Now they have used their influence at the U.N. to get the organization to start an absurd 'joint review' of the charges in the report. This is the same as having the suspect of a crime involved in investigating himself. As appalling as that is, the Saudis' gambit may have backfired on them in this case. The sudden reversal by the U.N. reeks so strongly of blatant political interference on behalf of the coalition that it has drawn that much more attention to the report's findings." (06/07/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-latest-attempt-to-whitewash-the-saudi-led-coalitions-crimes-in-yemen/  

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Iraq: NGO claims Islamic State troops shooting civilians who try to flee Falluja

June 6, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS is targeting civilians attempting to leave the militant-held city of Falluja, as Iraqi forces and militia attempt to wrest back control of the city, a European non-profit operating in Iraq says. As many as 50,000 residents remain trapped in the center of Falluja as Iraqi security forces close in, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) told CNN Monday. Many of those who try to escape the clutches of ISIS are being targeted and shot by militants, it said." (06/06/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/middleeast/falluja-iraq-military-advance-isis/  

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Iraq: Families flee as battle for Falluja rages on

May 31, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Suad had feared for so long that she would die. A mother in Falluja, Iraq, her city has been at the center of war for more than a dozen years and now it is the epicenter of a battle between ISIS and Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by the United States-led coalition. The coalition's push to take Falluja from ISIS, which began late Sunday, prompted ISIS gunmen to go door to door in the city and yank men, their wives and children from their homes. ... Hundreds of people like Suad and her family have fled the city and its surroundings since the Falluja offensive began last week. More than 500 families have arrived in displacement camps outside the city, the Norwegian Refugee Council said, including almost 300 since Sunday afternoon alone." (05/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/30/middleeast/iraq-operation-falluja/  

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Russian, Ukrainian regimes swap prisoners

May 25, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Russia and Ukraine appeared close Wednesday to wrapping up a high-level prisoner swap with a Ukrainian helicopter pilot dubbed the country's 'Joan of Arc' traded for two Russian servicemen accused of being members of Russian military intelligence. The pilot, Nadezhda Savchenko, was back in Ukraine's capital Kiev, said a message posted on Twitter by Ukraine's president Poro Poroshenko. That appeared to set in motion the release of the two Russians, but official details had not been made by either side. The Ukrainian, Lt. Nadiya Savchenko, and the Russians - Capt. Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sgt. Alexander Alexandrov -- were all captured during fighting in [Donetsk People's Republic], where pro-Russian separatists have carved out an unrecognized [sic] statelet after two years of war with Kiev." (05/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-frees-imprisoned-ukrainian-pilot-in-dramatic-prisoner-swap-say-reports/2016/05/25/75ccaed4-24e9-4f1a-bbf6-ccb17a4d9c00_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

May 25, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor -- a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul. The announcement came as a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying court employees in the Afghan capital, killing at least 11 people, an official said. The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the attack." (05/25/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-25/afghan-taliban-appoint-new-leader-after-mansours-death  

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Iraq: Regime forces begin battle to retake Fallujah from Islamic State

May 23, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"In a televised address on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that, 'In the early hours of the morning today, the heroic fighters advanced from different sides' under the directive to recapture 'all the areas occupied by (the Islamic State) around Falluja.' Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, has a recent history of heavy combat. The city served as the backdrop for two major American assaults in 2004 during the American Iraq War -- assaults where US troops saw some of the fiercest fighting since the Vietnam war. In January 2014 Fallujah was taken by anti-government fighters and established as a stronghold for the Islamic State." (05/23/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0523/Iraqi-forces-begin-battle-to-retake-Fallujah-from-ISIS  

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Yemen: Islamic state bomber kills Saudi quisling regime army recruits in Aden

May 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 40 people, most of them army recruits, have been killed in two bomb attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) in the Yemeni city of Aden. In the first, a suicide bomber targeted young men queuing to enlist at the home of a senior army commander. Shortly afterwards there was a second blast at a nearby army base. Aden is serving as the temporary home of [a puppet regime set up by Saudi invaders] while it seeks to regain control of the capital, Sanaa, from the Houthi rebel [sic] movement." (05/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36357133  

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Syria: Multiple blasts in regime stronghold kill 80

May 23, 2016
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US News & World Report US News & World Report    

"A series of explosions rocked two normally quiet coastal government strongholds in Syria Monday, killing more than 80 people and wounding 200 others, state media and opposition activists said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The deadly blasts in the peaceful pro-government cities of Tartus and Jableh were the first of their kind targeting civilians in those areas during Syria's civil war, now in its sixth year. The targets included bus stations and a hospital, and marked an escalation in the conflict as world powers struggle to restart peace talks in Geneva." (05/23/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-23/syria-tv-more-than-20-killed-in-explosions-in-coastal-city  

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Iraq: US claims Islamic State’s “Desert Lion” killed in airstrike

May 10, 2016
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Newsweek    

"The U.S.-led coalition killed a mid-level Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighter named 'Desert Lion,' who became notorious for his brutality, in an air strike in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed that an air strike killed Shaker Wahib in Iraq’s western Anbar province alongside three fellow militants on Friday." (05/10/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-kills-isis-desert-lion-executioner-iraq-air-strike-457858  

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